The Best Book I’ve read in Quite a While – The Premonition by Michael Lewis

I had a teacher in my undergraduate days who only gave us essay tests.  He was a thinker; and he wanted to see how we thought.  Actually, he wanted to see that we did think.

By the time I got to my much more demanding post-graduate work in Rhetoric, he was the teacher that had most prepared me.  And I was always grateful.

I think of that teacher when I read a book that makes me think.

When I read books – which I do with great frequency – I love reading books that teach me something new.  I especially like to read books that beckon me to take time to think about something in a different way.

But the books that I remember – the books that linger with me – are the books that act as a gigantic slap-in-the-face to my thinking.  I can’t quite shake them.  I can’t forget them. And I never quite fully learn all the insights and lessons that they have for me.

In my work, presenting and delivering synopses of good books, I basically read a book three times.

First, I fully read the book, highlighting way too many passages. (I always surpass the Kindle allowed limit – always).

Second, when I work through all of my highlights into the synopsis handout, it is like reading a book a second time.

And then, third, when I go over my final handout, and present the synopsis, it is like a third reading.

Sometimes, I’m sorry to confess, re-reading the highlights is something of a chore.  I feel like “I’ve already read this.”

But, sometimes – somewhat rarely – I am energized all over again by the sheer brilliance of the writing, and the insight I am gaining.  I think – OH… I’ve got to re-think this again.premonition_custom-433cde87cd8ef03af2d69255f4f21b7409e24d87-s800-c85

This was all a very long introduction to this one point:  the one book that I strongly recommend that you read at this moment is The Premonition: A Pandemic Story by Michael Lewis.  It will linger with you; it will make you think; it will disturb you; it will delight you with its insight. It is, without a doubt, the best book I’ve read this year; maybe longer.  And I’ve read some very good books.

What book does this for you?


As I was reading this book, the nineteen year old daughter of Michael Lewis and his wife Tabitha Soren was killed in a car crash, along with her boyfriend.  So tragic.  Comfort and peace to their family…


I will present my synopsis of The Premonition this Friday, June 4, 2021, over Zoom, at the First Friday Book Synopsis.  Join us.  Click here for log-in info and details.


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